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Your centre of gravity


Approximately 550 words article


This short article is about why you need to get in touch with your inner CoG (centre of gravity)! Both yourself and your horse have what is called a centre of gravity (CoG). The CoG of an average human is around their navel. This means that if you were made of cardboard and someone stuck a pin in you at that point they would be able to spin you around easily! (picture below).



It is the centre of your weight mass if you like. Your CoG differs slightly depending on your body type, so a typically shaped female with hips wider than her shoulders will naturally have a low CoG (unless she is large chested and then she is slightly disadvantaged), whereas a typically shaped male with shoulders wider than his hips will naturally have a higher CoG.

Your horse’s CoG is underneath where you sit (picture below). It used to be thought that the CoG of horse was lower and further forward than it actually is. The picture shows a more accurate approximation of a horse’s CoG. Again, a horse’s CoG differs depending on their conformation, so a Quarter Horse that is typically lower in the wither (‘built downhill’) will naturally have a CoG that is slightly forward of this point and a dressage bred Warmblood that is typically higher in the wither (‘built uphill’) will naturally have a CoG that is slightly further back.



Training will alter the CoG of a horse to some extent if that training changes the horse’s balance. So a horse that starts out ‘downhill’ (with a CoG that is forward) will end up more ‘uphill’ (with a CoG that is further back) with good dressage training.

Good rider training teaches the rider to keep their CoG low and as close to the CoG of their horse as possible.

By learning to sit in the correct part of the saddle - i.e. in the lowest part, not towards the back, learning to keep your weight low and learning to distribute your weight properly between your seat and your feet you actually end up surrounding the CoG of your horse. A rider who can do this is far more secure and far easier for their horse to carry than a rider who cannot. This does not mean however that you should be clinging to your horse with your legs, far from it, it is balance that keeps you on a horse, not grip.

It may help to think about how it feels to sit at the back of a bus (well away from the CoG of the vehicle), how much bouncier it is than if you sit in the middle of the vehicle (between the wheels).

So next time you ride your horse think about where most of your weight is situated. Are you sitting upright and balanced, with your head above your torso, your torso above your hips and with your ankles directly below your hips? (picture below). In which case you are sitting in a balanced position. Or are you leaning backwards or forwards? In which case you are not correctly balanced and you are making yourself more difficult for your horse to carry. Unfortunately you cannot always tell by feel alone whether you are sitting upright so ask an assistant or your instructor to tell you what they see.


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